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Duplicate values in RANKING affects the ranks of subsequent numbers

Andreas Hermle
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Dear Experts:

If a column of cells in a Microsoft Excel worksheet contains duplicate values, I can use the RANK function to assign the same rank value to every occurrence of the duplicate value. The TROUBLE is that the presence of duplicate numbers affects the ranks of subsequent numbers.

For example, if the number 9 has the rank value of 2, and this number 9 occurs three times, there is no number with the rank of 3, but instead the rank value of 5 is assigned to the next number 8 (descending order).

This ranking cannot be created by Excel formulas (e.g. RANK), can it?
Points       Rank
10      1
9      2
9      2
9      2
8      3 (5 if rank formula is used)
7      4
6      5

Help is much appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.

Regards, Andreas
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